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The Failure of the Republican Revolution
Scot M. Faulkner
Naked Emperors: The Failure of the Republican Revolution
takes its place alongside
All the President's Men
and the novel
Advise and Consent
as a timeless classic about how Washington really works. It is a vivid and gripping eyewitness account about how the Republican Party failed in making government ethical and open. In the wake of the historic elections of 1994, there were great expectations that the new Republican majority would end congressional corruption while introducing twenty-first-century business practices to the most antiquated and dysfunctional of institutions.
Except for a small team of change management experts who battled the Democrats, the Republicans, and ultimately themselves, the promise of fundamental change went unrealized. While the corrupt ways of the Democrats ended, new forms of corruption arose.
The book follows the story to present day, including how the rise in corruption impacted the 2006 elections and will affect the 2008 campaign. The final chapters describe how the current wave of scandals arose from a well-entrenched system breeding power and greed inside the Capital Beltway. It concludes with a provocative solution that will inspire readers to challenge current governmental institutions and reinvent American democracy in the twenty-first century. The author weaves this into a suspenseful tale full of plot twists and multidimensional characters.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Size: 6 3/8 x 9 1/2
978-0-7425-5881-6 • Hardback • December 2007 •
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Scot M. Faulkner
was the first chief administrative officer of the U.S. House of Representatives. The business reforms he and his team introduced into the U.S. House saved $148 million, became a model for the operation of forty-four national parliaments worldwide, and were named one of the "Top 100 Innovations in American Government" by Harvard University and the Ford Foundation. He is currently senior partner for global operations with Phoenix Consulting Associates.
Chapter 1. The Gang of Seven
Chapter 2. General Wishart's Ordeal
Chapter 3. Manifesto for Revolution
Chapter 4. Life's Lessons
Chapter 5. Passage & Precedents
Chapter 6. The A Ring
Chapter 7. The Secrets of the House
Chapter 8. The Wild Horse
Chapter 9. Blue Print for Revolution
Chapter 10. Counter Revolution
Chapter 11. End Run
Chapter 12. Smashing the Cookie Jars
Chapter 13. Cementing the Sandcastle
Chapter 14. Full Awareness
Chapter 15. Every Brick of the Institution
Chapter 16. Into The Abyss
Chapter 17. Full Circle
Appendix I. List of Reforms
Scot Faulkner has given us an absolutely fascinating eyewitness account of the clash of ideas and personalities during the first Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in forty years.
Ray Smock, former Historian, U.S. House of Representatives
It is very rare to be able to see through the experience of a prime actor the inner workings of a transformative change in any branch of the federal government. This account by Scot Faulkner is extraordinary – clear in its analysis, candid in its criticism, imaginative in its prescriptions. He lays out in detail the means by which the ego-driven self interests have long prevented both parties from serving the national interests. He shines a bright light of facts and reason on the secreted closets and hidden halls of the House of Representatives. He describes the key personalities and how their unrestrained avarice and libidos brought down the Republican leadership, including two successive Speakers, and led the party of fiscal conservatism to abandon their principles and to adopt the greatest spending spree in American history. Faulkner writes superbly well and for anyone interested in the reality of the American legislative process this is a must read.
Dr. George B. Weathersby, former president and CEO, American Management Association
The book also provides helpful lessons about the best and worst ways to manage a large organization, especially one populated by people who are especially adept at playing politics.
The Washington Times
is notable not only for its reforming earnestness but for its candor. Mr. Faulkner does not hesitate to show government service in all its gritty unpleasantness and daily frustration. To his credit, though, he emerged from the experience a wiser man but not a cynical one. He still believes that government should be run more like a business — and can be.
The Wall Street Journal
shows us the reality behind the rhetoric. While politicians want us to believe they are focused on public policy, Mr. Faulkner documents that they are, in fact, obsessively pursuing personal perks and power. The book is a wake-up call for Americans to reclaim their government.
Ron Maxwell, producer and director, "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals"
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